The Best Beginner Recipes for the Spiralizer

Inspiralized Easy Recipes for the Spiralizer

When I was first introduced to the spiralizer, it was by my mom. She made me this raw vegan dish and I loved it. When I came home that night with her spiralizer (I took it!), I definitely felt “overwhelmed” at first.

What should I make? How long should I cook the noodles for? What other veggies and meats pair well with zucchini? What else can I spiralize? Will Lu like it?

The first night I spiralized, I wanted to make something super easy, so I went with this shrimp dish. Thankfully, it worked and I was hooked from that moment (well… obviously!)

Today, I’m listing my top spiralizer recipes for beginners – with tips!

If you’ve just bought a spiralizer (congrats!), then these recipes are a great starting point. If you’re trying to convince a friend to get a spiralizer, show them this post. If you’re already Inspiralized, then add these recipes to your “quick and easy” list.

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EASY, BEGINNER RECIPES

All of these recipes use zucchini, because that’s where you should start. Zucchini is easy to spiralize and easy to cook. Mastering zucchini will help you understand the nature of spiralized vegetables and give you the foundation to spiralize other vegetables and try my recipes or create your own.

If you haven’t already, check out this video on how to spiralize a zucchini:

1. Start with a raw zucchini noodle. This is just a great way to incorporate spiralized veggies into your current diet without taking the plunge into a full-fledged meal.

Recipe: Crunchy Zucchini Noodle Wrap with Avocado and Feta

2. Explore more with the raw zucchini noodle. This dish is all about assembly – you make everything separately and combine it in the end. The zucchini noodles are actually raw, but the avocado-basil sauce gives it a strong flavor and softens the noodle slightly.

Recipe: Avocado-Basil Zucchini Noodles with Chili-Lime Shrimp and Corn

Inspiralized Easy Recipes for the Spiralizer

3. Use simple ingredients for your first cooked zucchini noodle dish. This recipe is easy and packs a lot of healthy flavors. The salty feta with the hearty chicken make this an easy dish to ease into cooked spiralized veggies – it tastes delicious and the cooking method is a simple sautee.

Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Chicken, Feta and Spinach

4. Try adding multiple meats without a sauce. Cooking zucchini noodles with a sauce can be tricky, so keep trying with simple sautee method. This dish has so much flavor and comes together in mere minutes.

Recipe: Bacon Shrimp Zucchini Noodle Scampi

Inspiralized Easy Recipes for the Spiralizer

5. Cook your noodles with a tomato sauce. Use this easy puttanesca to start off cooking with sauces. This light sauce doesn’t drown the noodles. When you make this, take note of how much moisture that the zucchini releases. To avoid the excess moisture, check out these tips.

Recipe: Puttanesca with Zucchini Noodles

6. Try out the ribbon noodles. Spaghetti is everyone’s go-to noodle with the spiralizer, but switch things up and use Blade A (find out what that is here). This dish is a great way to start.

Recipe: Broccoli Rabe with Sausage and Zucchini Noodles

Inspiralized Easy Recipes for the Spiralizer

7. Incorporate cheese into your noodles. Cheese can be a bit tricky, since it can get watery with the zucchini noodles. It’s important to fold in the cheese, remove the noodles from heat and then transfer the noodles with pasta tongs into your plate, to let any excess moisture drip out.

Recipe: Bacon Cacio e Pepe

8. Make a soup. Zucchini noodles can easily be added to soups. You won’t believe how flavorful this simple soup is.

Recipe: Ginger Scallion Egg Drop Soup with Zucchini Noodles

Inspiralized Easy Recipes for the Spiralizer

9. Make a thick, heavy sauce with your zucchini noodles. Now that you’ve mastered the art of the zucchini noodle, throw it in with a heavy meat sauce. Remember everything you learned along the way.

Recipe: Bikini Bolognese

Inspiralized Easy Recipes for the Spiralizer

10. Your next recipe? Something with…. sweet potatoes!  Try out a couple of these easier sweet potato recipes:

- Shaved Asparagus and Sausage Sweet Potato Noodles
- Garlic Sweet Potato Noodles with Baby Spinach and Pancetta

Now, I hope you’re ready to conquer your spiralizer. I’m always available via e-mail if you ever have any questions. I want everyone to love spiralizing like I do, so never hesitate to reach out!

Comments

  1. I am hooked on spiralizing!!! Have done the zucchini, sweet potato, carrot, onion. I made sure my BFF is hooked also. I am a pasta junkie and love the fact that I can make it healthier! I love to cook and it is sad that all 4 of my kids are out of the house because I would love to make all this for them!
    I have to learn how to cook for 2 now. I visit your website everyday and love it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great round up :) I am also hooked on spiralizing. I’m trying my hardest to get my boyfriend to like it too. He grew up almost never eating vegetables so it’s a huge adjustment for him haha. I love that your recipes are for two, it makes it SO easy!

  3. Thank you so much for all the passion, time, and love you pour into Inspiralized!! I came across your Instagram account a few months ago and have been obsessed ever since! Seriously… I think I’ve talked about spiralizing to every one of my friends & family members :) I’ll be purchasing my first spiralizer soon, as a college graduation gift to myself, and I can’t wait to try out your recipes!! Especially those with nutrition facts (really appreciate you adding that information!) I’ll be making them for my mom & myself during my short little summer break before grad school. We’re so excited! Thank you again for everything!! :)

  4. I have (ahem) never done spiralizing yet!! I know I know too late in the game but I am loving all the recipes!!

  5. Ali this is so incredibly perfect timing. I just bought an inspiralizer a few weeks ago and didn’t even know where to start!

  6. This is such great timing! My spiralizer literally arrived last night and I was just thinking about what recipes to try first. I’m really excited! If a little nervous – I’m most afraid of slicing my fingers off than anything else :D.

  7. I might be reading too fast, but does everyone know that puting your raw noodles in a sieve or other drainage vessel for 1/2 hr or hour mixed up with a bit of salt will draw out excess water, so you can make your sauce then add the noodles at the last miute, long enough to warm? Keep pastas and cheeses nice and stout texture-wise. Gives the noodles a more slippery feel and they don’t need to cook as much. Yay for spirals! :)

    • You do add the noodles at the last minute, just to warm! Half the point of zucchini noodles is that they’re easy and quick, so I don’t suggest salting the noodles – plus, I find that doing this causes the noodles to wilt and become lifeless and soggy. And salty! But if it works for you, that’s great!

    • Thanks for the tip

  8. Your enthusiasm has totally converted me to spiralizing! I love it!!!! I like my zucchini noodles raw, but mostly because I’m lazy and still cook regular pasta for the rest of my family.

  9. Gail Vinson :

    I am so happy I discovered this site. I will be purchasing me one of those vegetable inspiralizers. I’m ready to eat healthier and try out new dishes. I do need to lose a few pounds, so I’m excited about getting started. Do you have any advice starting out?

  10. Deb Jackson :

    Hi, I’m hooked on spiralizing. I tried a recipe which was yours using chicken sausage, kale, basil, vegetable broth, tomatoes and zuchinni noodles. I can’t find that recipe could you direct me to where I can find it in the recipes link? Thanks!

    • Under the Recipe link; go ‘by vegetable’ and then zucchini. CREAMY CAJUN ZUCCHINI PASTA WITH KALE AND ANDOUILLE SAUSAGE

  11. Great way to start beginners off on the Spiralizer experience, it’s an addiction, but a good addiction:)

  12. I just bought my first Spiralizer and have been reading through to see where to start. My kids are good eaters and not overly picky, but they don’t like zucchini. Any suggestions where to start other than zucchini?

  13. Since buying my Spiralizer, most of my veg has been noodled. I love it and I am buying one for my brother for his wedding gift :)

  14. I’m going back to uni next week so have invested in a spiraliser to try make some healthy cheap meals – your recipes are brilliant! Thank you :)

  15. I just discovered this website today! My friend made the sauteed zucchini dish and I loved it. So I asked her how she made it and she sent me to you (well, your website). So glad she did! I already shared it with my diabetic nutritionist.

    You may have just literally saved my life. Can’t wait to get my own now and one for my mom, and one for my sister, and….

  16. Have just started a diet and wanted to be as healthy as possible, bought a spiralizer and needed some inspiration, am about to make lunch but will be visiting again soon wish me luck!!!!!!

  17. I am looking to purchase a spiralizer for my sister for Christmas (and one for myself as i am so interested in these yummy looking recipes!!) Is there a specific one that you would recommend to buy that isn’t very expensive or take up a lot of space to try out for beginners? ?

  18. I found your site & love all the pictures of this new idea of making healthy food.I just got my new Paderno vegi spiralizer & am going to order your book. I do have 1 question does it have pictures of the beautiful recipes so I will see how it will turn out ?. We eat with our eyes..lol Thank you for your site I’m looking forward to some great recipes to start cooking.

  19. Hi there: Thanks for sharing these recipes, I just bought myself a spiralizer yesterday and am so excited to try these… hope they turn out as good as yours did, keep posting new recipes… and btw you look great…

  20. Sandy Stevens :

    encourages me to develop healthier foods. Between doing nutrisystem for a year 2013-2014 then trying HEALTHY thereafter, has changed my outlook on food.

  21. For Mother’s Day I received a the spiralizer and your cookbook. I made my first recipe ‘Jicama-stuffed Peppers with Asiago’ to much success. Thank you! My problem is carrots. I love carrots, but my local grocery stores do not carry wide enough carrots. Have you noticed too, that over the last several years carrots have gotten slimmer? It’s very disappointing, because your cookbook has several carrot recipes that sound terrific.

  22. Your page is such a great resource! Wow. Thanks so much for all the awesome recipes!

    I really dislike veggies (I have to force them down) so I thought maybe a spiralizer may help at least make them a little more fun. I do like potatoes and have found lots of things I can do with them but I was wondering… when drowned in a nice flavorful sauce, which veggies taste the most neutral? I checked out your list and I know some of them will obviously taste strongly of veggies (broccoli, beet, cabbage) but I’ve never tried turnips, kohlrabi, taro root, rutabaga, and some of the other less common ones. Do any of those taste neutral when spiralized and covered up in sauce? Sorry for the silly question. I’m actually doing AIP right now and it’s hard when veggies make you gag! Thanks so much. :)

  23. I just bought a spiralizer, and I’m trying to drop some weight before New Years, but I had no idea what to make with it, so I found this site and I’m excited to try the recipes because, I can make noodles with veggies (for me) and still make regular pasta for my husband and just use the sauces and meats on each, I think it’s a win win.

  24. Hi there,
    I just stumbled across your website looking for recipes for my spiralizer. Your recipes look amazing! Just one question though on these zucchini recipes…..are most of these done with the raw zucchini or is the zucchini ever cooked like when you add it at the end of certain recipes?
    Thanks much!

  25. I just got a spiralizer for Christmas and can’t wait to try out some of these recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Loving my new gadget.I am surprised you say little abount cooking it. I steamrd my first noodles very suvccessfuly with spag sauce anf cheese. But whar about frying in a good olive oil. Any further ideas.

  27. julie duteau :

    with my Spiralizer, I received a letter telling me to go to http://www.spiralizer.us/free recipes, and I woould receive a free julienner peeler. But I keep getting the message saying this address does not exist. Can you help me? I would like a julienner peeler.

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